Nadine Ethner, an artist and photographer based in Berlin, was born in Germany in 1975 and studied at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy. After finishing her M.A. in Germany she spent seven years in Rome, where she held lectures and workshops about photography and collaborated with international artists on various interactive projects. Travel in Europe, India, Japan, North Africa and Turkey during the same period exerted a strong, lasting influence on her visual language. This diversity of experience resulted in numerous group and solo shows in various galleries, institutions and foundations. In 2007 she moved to Berlin, where she and other international artists and photographers co-founded the exhibition space exp12/exposure twelve in 2010. In 2016 she founded VTph Visual Thoughts – an online magazine and platform from which she presents international artistic positions in photography and discusses the following essential question: What do they do to us, these photographs that describe, narrate and interpret time and our world with such great complexity?

In 2021 she founded VTph editions, an online gallery and online shop with a fine selection of contemporary fine art photography. VTph editions presents the artwork of upcoming and renowned artists for a new generation of collectors, art lovers and the interested audience.

Cooperations/Exhibitions/Events (Selection)


VTph editions – online gallery for fine art photography and editions / a project by VTph UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Founders: Nadine Ethner & Anna Rösch



"Keep Your Eyes Peeled V", group show, atelier freier fotografen - aff Gallery, Berlin / Artists among others: Jessica Backhaus, Eva Bertram, Emma Bäcklund, Nuphar Blechner, K. T. Blumberg, Frankie Casillo, Michael Danner, Victoria Louise Doyle, Anna Eckold, Anne Erhard, Nadine Ethner, Göran Gnaudschun, Janine Graubaum, Anna Rosa Krau, Anton Roland Laub, Inga Alice Lauenroth, Felix Lampe, Maidje Meergans, Nikolai Marcinowski, Ina Niehoff, Ethna O’Regan, Thomas Sandberg, Valentin Seuss, Stef Rieder, Sarah Straßmann, Sabine Schründer, Nils Stelte, Maria Sturm, Mirjana Vrbaski, Matthias Walendy, Cameron Williamson, Andrea Wilmsen, Franca Wohlt, Wolfgang Zurborn / www.aff-galerie.de


Group show at 'special rooms - Salon für Kunst und Kultur', Berlin. Artists: Martin Assig | Tilo Baumgärtel | Thomas Bayrle | Barbara Breyer | Sabine Dehnel | Nadine Ethner | Kerstin Flake | Ian Hamilton Finlay | Göran Gnaudschun | Henriette Grahnert | Peter Krauskopf | Kocheisen & Hullmann | Susanne Kühn | Anton Roland Laub FOTOTREFF Berlin | Corinne von Lebusa | Anna Lehmann-Brauns | Goetz Lemberg | Walter Libuda | Richard Long | Peter Oehlmann | Valerie Otte | Sigmar Polke | Friederike von Rauch | Daniel Richter | Dieter Roth | Christian Rothmann | Peter Rösel | Thomas Ruff | Nadin Maria Rüfenacht | Sonya Schönberger | Jürgen Schwämmle | K.R.H. Sonderborg | Sebastian Speckmann | Sarah Straßmann FOTOTREFF Berlin  | Anett Stuth | Tessa Verder | Christof Zwiener

Guest blogger on Hatje Cantz fotoblog www.hatjecantz.de


Founding of "VTph – Visual Thoughts about contemporary fine art photography" – free Online Magazine for contemporary fine art photography www.vt-ph.com


5 JAHRE / 5 YEARS exp12/ exposure twelve, Gallery and project room for contemporary photography, Berlin, group show 

Cooperation with Pavlov's Dog, Gallery for contemporary photography, Berlin 


Art Auction at Kunst & Literaturforum Amalienpark Berlin, group show, extract from “The Baltic Sea Project (Part I)”, works among others Walter Herzog, Norbert Schwontkowski 

"The Baltic Sea Project (Part I)", extracts from the series The Baltic Sea Project (Part I) at Moxie Studios Dublin, Ireland 

"The Baltic Sea Project (Part I)", solo show, photography& generative art (Music: Arystan Petzold/ Sound: Michele Salvaneschi) at lasituazione Rome 


"Blickwechsel – Neue Sicht auf Gewohntes", group show, Motorenhalle Dresden, Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden 

"Vendredi Treize", group show, exp12/ exposure twelve Berlin


"SEÑALES ROJAS 2010" l' arte contro la proliferazione della barbarie, groupshow, projected by IILA [Istituto Italo-Latino Americano] and curated by Patricia Rivadeneira in collaboration with Fondazione VOLUME! and Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Rome 

"festival romapoesia 2010 poEtiche / Corpo poEtico", group show in collaboration with Casa Internazionale delle Donne and Lavatoio Contumaciale Rome 

4th European Month of Photography Berlin, group show at exp12/ exposure twelve, Berlin 

"An Inner Song – 12 Portraits", solo show at exp12/ exposure twelve, Berlin [Choir: Samia Guemei; Essay: Guido Siebert]

"Twelve Exposures", group show at exp12/ exposure twelve, Berlin


Co-Founder of exp12/ exposure twelve, Gallery and project room for contemporary photography in Berlin

"Dislocazioni" – The changing face of the mediterranean: Migrant Woman’s Creativity & Constraints, group show at La Magnolia, curated by Maria Palazzesi, Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Rome in collaboration with The Loyola University Chicago


"Transeuropaexpress 2008" – Europa Femminile Plurale, group show, curated by Casa delle Letterature, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali, Fondazione Antonio Ratti di Como, Rappresentanza in Italia della Commissione Europea, Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Rome 

Donne. Mosaici da Fare/ Forme d'arte contemporanea, group show, Scuderie Estensi in Tivoli 


"Land – Waking the Inside", solo show at La Magnolia, Casa Internazionale delle Donne Rome 


"Acqua Femmina", group show at Brancaleone Rome in the context of FestArte Rome 

"Tree Island", solo show at Gallery eidos-arte, Bassano Romano 

"Dialoghi – senza parole", group show, Porta Blu Gallery, Rome 


"Fuori", group show at Marguttarcade, Rome 

"Spacenight", solo show, photography and sound with lasituazione [Sound design: Michele Salvaneschi], Rome 

"Urban Calligraphy", solo show at La Porta Blu Gallery, Rome [Sound design: Michele Salvaneschi]


"Riparte", Art Fair Rome, Gallery 9 Via della Vetrina Contemporanea/ Elisabetta Giovagnoni, Rome 


"Confini, barriere o panna montata", group show and festival, works among others Matteo Garrone, Max Gazzè... at Castello di San Giorgio, Maccarese/Fiumicino


"Installazione", solo show at Gallery Dino Del Vecchio – Arte Contemporanea, Monopoli // "Notte di S. Giovanni", Outdoor Installation, Ostuni 

"Wiederkehr – Il ritorno", group show, Y.I.A. Young International Artists at RialtoSantambrogio, Rome [Music: Philipp von Strauch] 


Diplom / M.A. at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in Halle 


"Quasi Moda Show" Performance and Show at Ludwig Forum – House for contemporary art, Aachen 

Prizes & Bursaries 

2013  "PhotoIreland Portfolio Prize 2013", Shortlisted, Dublin, Ireland [Jury, among others: Krzysztof Candrowicz, Joerg M. Colberg, Katja Stuke] 

2000 Award recognition by Olympus, Germany [Jury, among others: F.C. Gundlach] 

1998–99 Erasmus scholarship at the Accademy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy

Curatorial Projects

2009–2012 different exhibitions at exp12/ exposure twelve, Gallery and project room for contemporary photography in Berlin 

2000–2006 different exhibitions at La Porta Blu Gallery, Rome 

Talks and Lectures 

2013 Gespräche über Fotografie, Kunst- und Literaturforum Amalienpark, Berlin 

2010 An Inner Song . 12 Portraits, Artist Talk at exp12/ exposure twelve, Gallery and project room for contemporary photography, Berlin 

2009 Do it yourself Bauhaus by Christine Hill, in the context of Modell Bauhaus at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin 

2008 Man Ray—unconcerned but not indifferent, Kulturprojekte FührungsNetz, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin 

2000–2006 Photographic Workshops at La Porta Blu, Associazione Culturale Onlus Arte Contemporanea, Rome 

2004 Workshop Kunst und Chemie—Alchemie with students of Dr. nat. Tobias Rüffer at TU Chemnitz, Department of Chemistry


Hatje Cantz // Pavlov's Dog Berlin // exp12 . exposure twelve Berlin // Kulturprojekte Berlin // La Porta Blu Associazione Culturale ONLUS Rome // Applied Auxetics Dortmund // TU Dortmund Prof. Dr. (Ph.D.) Hans Obrecht, Dipl.-Ing. Ulf Reinicke, Dipl.-Ing. Marcel Walkowiak // TU Chemnitz Dr. nat. Tobias Rüffer & Dalton Transactions—Royal Society of Chemistry // Dr. Burghard Claus – Homage to Annemarie Tröger // AUF – Anne Rolfs & Mathias Brendel // Baldo Diodato // Samia Guemei // Christine Hill // Meng Huang // Inge Krupp // Irene Kung // Michele Lostia // Tiziana Musi // José Saramago & Fabrizio Pagella // Arystan Petzold // Michele Salvaneschi // Philipp von Strauch // Renzo Zecchini 

Publications/Press/Recommendations (Selection)

Hatje Cantz | Fotoblog 3/2018 . mare | Die Zeitschrift der Meere 8/2013 "The Baltic Sea Project (Part I)" [GER] . Pensieri di Cartapesta | Per una critica militante 6/2013 "The Baltic Sea Project (Part I)" [IT] . Brennpunkt 1/2012 "Vendredi Treize" [GER] . Monopol Magazin 1/2012 "Vendredi Treize" [GER] . Prenzlauer Berg Nachrichten "Schöne Kaputtheit" 1/2012 [GER] . As Artes Entre As Letras 12/2011 [PT] . Señales Rojas 2010, Fondazione Volume! Rome, Catalogue [IT] . 4th European Month of Photography Berlin 2010, Catalogue [GER] . Brennpunkt 3/2010 "retake" [GER] . Brennpunkt 2/2010 "An Inner Song" [GER] . Monopol Magazin 8/2010 "An Inner Song" [GER] . Daltons Transactions - The international journal for chemistry 2008 [UK] . Corriere Laziale 3/2006 "Tree Island" [IT] . Living Today 2006, "Acqua Femmina" [IT] . Quasi Moda Show 1997, Catalogue [GER]

Traveling throughout Europe and Japan [Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo] // India [Jaipur, Mumbai, New Delhi] // Turkey [Istanbul] // Tunisia & Morocco

Works in Private Collections: in Germany, Italy, Mexico and Switzerland